I wanted to be a color-namer.
I mean, it's all in the packaging, isn't it?
Who wants to paint "off-white" walls when they could paint "frothy cappuccino" ?
When you're looking for the right crayon, doesn't
"moldy hay" speak to you more than "yellow"?
I started a notebook of names when I was fifteen.
It's scribbled with
gushy names I liked as an adolescent
and progressed to
names in various languages,
pages of name meanings
words to remember
(garish, torrent, celerity, behoove, hoopla, congeal).
I still use it.
When struck with a great color name, I jot it down in the Book of Names.
When on a name hunt for characters, I crack open the Book of Names.
And when a new storkling is on the way,
I frantically circle and cross out and make notes and panic over choosing the perfect name. Thankfully there are nine months in that process.
I'm horribly relieved I didn't have a child at fifteen when I was convinced "Opal Starlet" was the most fantastically romantic name ever (multiple underlinings and several exclamation points here).
How do you name your characters?
And since we haven't played word games for awhile,
why don't we throw out some
original color names?
My favorite color names today: Yellow teeth. Slaughterhouse. Rusty nail. Gangrene.